The Oilers Stanley Cups Odds Are On The Rise
Editor’s Note: Allow me to introduce you to Marcus. Marcus an Oilers follower out of the Big Apple, and will be the first guy I’ve hired to write for us that I’ve actually never met. Marcus will be doing some weekly, conventional coverage of the team, a refreshing change up from the sadistic stuff we usually post. He’ll be our eyes from the east coast, and provide us with opinions and analysis about the team from the other side of the continent. Enjoy.
The Edmonton Oilers entered the 2016-17 season as one of the most intriguing teams in the NHL. Their roster is loaded with young, talented and inexperienced players, so nobody knew exactly what to expect from the Oilers. While they were expected to easily improve on last year’s record, it was hard to envision the team at the top of Western Conference through the first 10 games of the season. Teams are simply not supposed to go from the worst team in the conference to the top of the standings in one season. Edmonton may be shocking hockey fans around North America, but there is very little to suggest that their record is not sustainable for the entire season.
The biggest reason the Edmonton Oilers are having success is the quick development of their young stars. Connor McDavid has only played a total of 55 games in his career, but he has already developed into one of the best players in the NHL. With five goals and seven assists through 10 games, McDavid is tied for the third most points in the league. It takes a special player to average at least a point a game, and that is exactly what Connor McDavid has done in the early portion of his career.
In addition to having one of the best players in the league, the Edmonton Oilers are also getting great production from Leon Draisaitl and Milan Lucic. Draisaitl was taken with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and is finally rewarding the Oilers for their selection. He will never score like Connor McDavid, but Leon Draisaitl looks like he can score close to 60 points each season for the next decade. Lucic is providing the veteran leadership this team desperately needed last season while also being one of the most productive scorers on the team.
Having talented forwards is great, but it is impossible to win in the NHL without great play in the net. Cam Talbot has quickly gone from an undrafted free agent to one of the best goalies in the league. Talbot spent the first two seasons of his career playing behind Henrik Lundqvist on the New York Rangers, and that has proven to be an extremely valuable learning experience. In only two seasons as a starter, Cam Talbot has proven that he is far more than a backup goalie. The great play of Talbot has allowed the Edmonton Oilers to rank fifth in goals allowed per game.
The great start to the season has caused the Oilers Stanley Cup odds to jump from 33-1 to 10-1 in only 10 games. This is mainly due to the development of the young stars on the Oilers, but it can also be attributed to the other teams in the Western Conference. St. Louis, Chicago, Nashville, Dallas, Anaheim and Los Angeles are all performing below exceptions to the start the season. The Edmonton Oilers simply look like the best team in the Western Conference right now, so they have to be taken as serious contenders for the Stanley Cup.